Job Description:

CAIR Coalition is the only non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area with a legal services program focused exclusively on assisting detained immigrant adults and children. We are seeking a staff/senior attorney in our Detained Children’s Program. The Attorney will focus on the provision of direct legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children being held in facilities in Virginia and Maryland, as well as those reunified locally to DC, Maryland and Virginia, recruitment and mentoring of pro bono attorneys, and training and outreach.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Detention work: Conducts regular visits with unaccompanied immigrant children detained in Virginia and Maryland.  Perform Know-Your-Rights presentations and conduct individual intakes with unaccompanied immigrant children at the detention facilities. Provide necessary follow-up after intakes to evaluate eligibility for relief. Follow-up may include performing legal research, securing criminal/juvenile delinquency records and obtaining additional information from family members. 
  • Direct legal services: Manage a caseload of in-house and pro bono mentorship cases including Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, U and T visa cases. This includes representation before USCIS and the Arlington and Baltimore Immigration Courts. Appear as “friend of the court” for minors appearing on the juvenile docket at the Immigration Court in Arlington, Virginia and Baltimore, MD. Maintain and develop relevant stakeholder relationships and represent CAIR Coalition in meetings with stakeholders.
  • Pro Bono Services: Provide training to pro bono attorneys and conduct relevant outreach. Mentor teams of pro bono attorneys on cases through the life of the case. Assist in the development and maintenance of resources for pro bono teams.
  • Supervisory responsibilities: Supervise legal assistants, staff attorneys, and legal interns on a regular basis. Review written work product and provide feedback. Conduct weekly supervisory meetings with supervisees to review workload, case questions and provide administrative supervision.

Job Requirements:

  • JD and relevant experience in family law and/or immigration law. Must have experience in representing immigrant youth.
  • 1-3 years of experience for staff attorney candidates, 3-5 years for senior attorney candidates
  • Must be licensed to practice law in Maryland or Virginia
  • Written and oral Spanish fluency required.
  • Driver’s license required
  • Must be able to pass a required background check.
  • Prior supervisory experience

Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance, four weeks vacation plus all federal holidays. We are an LRAP eligible employer.

Application Process:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; early submissions are encouraged as the position is open immediately. No phone calls please. 



Attorney, Detained Children’s Program
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